PM rejects summary seeking increase in age-limit for CSS exam

PM House statement says govt should encourage people to join civil service at younger age

Abdul Manan March 11, 2016
Prime minister's office says increase in number of academic years from 14 to 16 for a bachelors degree is no justification to enhance the upper age-limit for CSS candidates. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejected on Friday a summary filed by the Establishment Division which recommended a two-year enhancement of  the upper age-limit for Central Superior Services (CSS) examination.

“The increase in the number of academic years from 14 to 16 for a bachelors degree is really no justification to enhance the upper age-limit for CSS candidates,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister House said.

Dwindling prestige of the CSS

The statement said the government should encourage people to join civil service at a younger age at which they are expected to be comparatively more receptive to the core ethics of civil service and the basic tenets of the public interest.

“The minimum existing stipulated requirement in terms of experience for any officer of BS-21 to be considered for promotion to BS-22 is 24 years. In actual practice it takes even longer, and most officers end up being able to serve in BS-22 for the last year or two of their careers,” the statement upheld.

The statement clarified that by raising the age-limit from 28 to 30 years would only serve to exacerbate the current situation as even more officers would superannuate before, or soon after, their promotions to BS-22.

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“This in turn would mean a further reduction in the pool of seasoned and experienced officers available to the federal and provincial governments for appointment in key positions,” it added.


bilal | 5 years ago | Reply Bureaucrats to blame for this ? well buck stops at the PM. There should've been quota for technocrats to become bureaucrats. Would bring much more efficiency if we were to have people with private sector experience come into govt. and improve efficiency. that happens in US.
massa crackA | 5 years ago | Reply CSS is menace to any civilized society. During colonial rule, British empire employed ICS (Indian Civil Services) to control and manipulate the larger population to establish an authoritarian rule. Though never implemented and practiced in their own native country. After more than 68 years of Independence, Pakistan still practicing this EVIL system by the rulers who themselves are product of the filthy system. "Shame on them"
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